A new version of the Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week. Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Mike Braun from Indiana introduced the bill, which basically would create a certification program and provide technical assistance and information to agricultural producers and forestry owners wanting to voluntarily participate in carbon markets.
A few groups were pleased with introduction of the bill, including the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).
“When governments invest in farmers, our communities and environment thrive. State department of agriculture leaders understand the central role agriculture serves in building climate resiliency and preserving our shared natural resources,” said NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn. “NASDA is proud to support the Growing Climate Solutions Act, as it acknowledges and invests producers’ contribution to environmental sustainability and unites the industry around climate goals.”
The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is also pleased by the bipartisan reintroduction of the Act.
“The entire agriculture community, including the seed industry, has a critical role to play in driving breakthrough solutions to address climate change and other pressing challenges facing the future of our planet,” said ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne. “We applaud the bipartisan efforts to ensure farmers have a prominent seat at the table when it comes to climate policies.”
The groups note they look forward to working with members of the U.S. Senate and House to deliver workable and effective climate solutions that contribute to environmental and economic sustainability.